To probe or not to probe, CIAA in dilemma on ex-Maoist combatants fund misuse

Published On: September 19, 2016 05:17 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 19: The Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has resumed investigation into the alleged embezzlement of fund related to the then cantoned Maoist combatants two years after it raised the issue.

This fact came to the fore after the anti-graft body said that it is making preparations to record the statements of the combatants two years after it received files from the Ministry of Peace.

Speaking at a press conference held on September 16, the CIAA chief said that he resumed investigation into the irregularities at the Maoist cantonments. The investigation was postponed in December, 2013 after initiation.

The rumor of investigation on the combatants’ corruption case had spread after the CPN (Maoist Center) did not support the Nepali Congress in the election of President, Vice President and Prime Minister after the second Constitute Assembly election.

An official of the anti-graft body said that the leaders of major parties responsible for the case would be called for the testimony.

The CIAA announcement came a few hours after the Supreme Court decied to review its previous verdict with regard to the questions raised over the appointment of Lokman Singh Karki as CIAA chief commissioner.

Even the officials of the CIAA are in dilemma whether to take the issue forward.

The anti-graft body had started an investigation into the alleged embezzlement of over Rs 4 billion allocated from the state coffer as salary and allowances for the then cantoned Maoist combatants two years ago.

According to an ex-employee of the Ministry of Peace, the CIAA did not  carry the action forward after obtaining file details from the ministry. 

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